The Vice-Presidency: Programmed Diplomacy

THE VICE-PRESIDENCY Programmed Diplomacy He was the highest-ranking U.S. official ever to visit the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, and he behaved accordingly. Never venturing beyond protocol, he was one of the few visitors who did not even attempt a peek at the famous erotic sculpture at Hanuman Doka temple. "It's not really his sort of thing," explained a member of his party. At one point, he praised Nepal's unique village-assembly system of government and what it could mean "for the future of India." But that geographic slip aside,...

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